thanks everybody for the previous posts. it is nice to see people tune in with their experiences.
Originally Posted by bjmoose
Let me ask you a couple questions - perhaps they'll clarify your thinking. You don't have to post up the answers here.
1. Why do you want to join the military? (Your own reason, not what you think they want to hear.)
2. Now, why do you want to serve by going to the Acadamy?
3. What is it about serving via the acadamy that you can't do by e.g. joining via ROTC?
4. I notice your first choice is Air Force. But you'd rather serve by going to joining the Army via West Point or the Navy via Annapolis than becoming an Air Force officer by way of ROTC. Why is that?
Again - no need to the post answers up here. But perhaps these questions will help you better understand your own thinking and motivation.
1. i want to do something that i can be proud of, as well as my family. i want to participate in something greater than what most people in my little suburbia take part in. I want to receive a second to none education, job security and benefits that i will be able to take advantage of later on in life. I want to serve my country as a pilot. want to fly the f22. i mostly want to go to the academy/get a degree and become an officer so after i serve i will be able to get another great job that deals with the field i had been working in. my old neighbor left the navy after being a pilot and got a job designing weapon systems. not a solid reason, but reasons.
2. i dont necessarily want to serve by going to the academy. my goal is to go to the air force academy, west point or naval whichever one i can be lucky enough to make it into and graduate as an officer then serve for a good portion of my life i imagine myself staying in for 20 years but i cant say for sure until the time comes. other people who have wives and kids have told me the time you stay in depends on them. a naval academy graduate and 10 year vet explained to me that he left after those 10 because he had a newborn and wife at home
3. i am still applying for rotc scholarships but i think there is a certain experience to be had at the military academies that not many are fortunate enough to have. i also think graduating from a Military Academy would be very prestigious
4. again the air force academy is my 1st choice only because i want to fly but also because in the future all of the vets i have talked to have said that air force guys get the best living conditions, bases, and deployments arent as bad when you come to have a family. for the intial portion of my career i dont care if im in germany or kadina, japan. i just want to fly, but when i do have a wife and kids i will be glad to be able to come home to them like some pilots in the af do. if i dont get into the air force academy and make it into west point i will go into intelligence or maybe challenge myself to go to ranger school and see what im really made of. different outcomes for whatever happens to me but i know i will be happy with the structure of military life